As mentioned in a previous post, Flowcharts and Value Stream Maps are different animals. Now I found a very brief but insightful Youtube video explaining why the exercise of Value Stream Mapping in Lean IT is important and shouldn’t be confused with Flowcharting.
VSM, Swimlane and Flowchart: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Imagine you are analysing a value stream and instruct your team to create a VSM (Value Stream Map) for any kind of administrative or software development process. When you return a couple of hours later, all you see is a giant flow chart. “That’s not a VSM, that’s a Flow Chart”, you might say. But usually you…